Definition of musk shrew in English:

musk shrew


  • Any of various Eurasian and African shrews of the genera Suncus and Crocidura, the males of which have large scent glands that produce a musky odour; especially the house shrew of southern Asia, Suncus murinus (also introduced in East Africa).


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Peter Mark Roget (1779–1869), physician and philologist. From musk + shrew.


musk shrew

/ˈmʌsk ʃruː/